- Ca. 1804 - 1808
- Musée du Louvre, París, France
- 99 x 68 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- Musée du Louvre
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 16 Mar 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
This work came from the collection of Don Manuel Soler y Alarcón, Madrid, and Durand Ruel, of Paris. It was acquired by the Louvre in 1902.
The identity of the man depicted in this portrait is uncertain, although it has been supposed that it is of Evaristo Pérez de Castro y Colomera (Valladolid, 1769-1848), an attaché in the embassies of Berlin, Lisbon and Vienna. He was elected representative for Valladolid and was the first secretary of the courts.
He seems to have been a keen draughtsman, as this slightly more than half-length portrait shows him leaning on a table covered with drawings that he appears to have just finished, looking serenely out at the viewer. In his right hand he has an artist's charcoal holder. He is wearing an elegant grey tailcoat with a wide lapel, underneath which we can see the white shirt that goes up to his chin and which provides a cheerful brightness to the composition. The light is entering from the top-left corner of the painting, lighting up the sitter's face and half of his body.
Goya 1900Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas ArtesMadrid1900consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900cat. 99
Pinturas de GoyaMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1928consultant editor Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor. From Apri to -May 1928cat. 35
Trésors de la peinture espagnole, Eglises et Musées de FrancePalais du Louvre and Musée des Arts DécoratifsParís1963from January to April 1963cat. 117
GoyaKoninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen MauritshuisThe Hauge1970organized by Ministerio de Estado y Asuntos Culturales and Réunion des Musées Nationaux, July 4th to September 13th 1970. Exhibited also at the Musée de l’Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, October 25th to December 7th 1970, consultant editors Jeannine Baticle and A. B. de Vriescat. 38
L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950p. 158, cat. 445
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 198, cat. 815
vol. I, p. 336, cat. 530
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982vol. III, p. 138